Part of an ongoing personal project
Here is the second part of my photos from Dot To Dot 2015. You can see the first part here.
As always, it was great to catch so many bands I wanted to check out, roll on 2016.Read More
I covered Dot To Dot's 10th Anniversary this for Drowned in Sound again this year. I always love this festival, you get to see new and rising bands as well as having the added bonus of being indoors in case the rain comes out to play. I also know my way around pretty well, which if you knew how bad my sense of direction is, will always count as a bonus.Read More
Part of an ongoing personal project.
Things have been hectic lately, but finally getting around to putting up some stuff from way back in March. First up of these is The Vaccines live at Rock City. Such a good gig to shoot and the lighting was spot on throughout. The Vaccines have stepped up to Nottingham Arena for their November tour, so catching them in Rock City before the move up in venue size was great. They played a set packed with new material and old classics that had the crowd eating it up. The only thing that put a downer on it was getting hit with a flying glass of mysterious liquid. It made for a good photo though, so I can't moan too much.
Anyway, enough of the words, enjoy the pictures.
March has been a busy one. I am finally getting around to putting some blog posts up, starting with Wolf Alice's sold out gig at The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. It is easy to see why they are so hotly tipped to be huge.Read More
Part of an ongoing personal project.
Kate Tempest has taken 15 years to get to this point. Spoken Word, Sound Of Rum, constant touring and pure determination have seen her finally the critical acclaim she deserves.Read More
The end of 2014 saw me in The Rescue Rooms for one of the hottest bands of the year, destined for big things in 2015.
The night before this gig, Catfish had just won the BBC Introducing award at the inaugural BBC Music Awards and tonight's gig, they arrived in a mood to prove why they are set to be huge in 2015. The award takes pride of place on the stage, setting the mood of celebration that the night would become.
A rammed Rescue Rooms saw the band, who had spent a long time building to this, play a set that sounded completely fresh, but somehow familiar. It is easy to picture the sing along choruses transferring from Nottingham's Rescue Rooms to festival main stages next year.
On more than one occasion, frontman Van McCann stops midway through a song to let the crowd take over the vocal duties, all the time wearing a smile that shows he is eating up every minute of what is happening before his eyes, occasionally verging on a look of disbelief of what the band have accomplished with their debut album, The Balcony.
The whole album passes by in a sweaty, singalong with a band full of cock sure swagger. Everyone leaves knowing that 2015 is going to be a big one for Catfish & The Bottlemen.
March saw me back in Nottingham's Rock City. Rock City is the place I grew up going to gigs in as a student and was the scene of my only (and very unsucessful) attempt at crowd surfing at a Reef gig; an experience that left me with my hair stuck to the notorius floor. My quick rise and fall in the crowdsurfing scene cemented in my mind that Rock City has the stickiest floors on the planet. The superglue like floor covering, however, didn't stop the screams of adoration that met Haim as they took the stage in Nottingham.
The screams of 'I love you' from a packed out Rock City prove how big Haim have become in a relatively short space of time and it is easy to see why. They are credible, talented and undeniably cool. Yes, we all know (how could the music press let us forget) that they sound a little like Fleetwood Mac at times but that is not a bad thing and although rooted in the past, the band have a definite air of the future to them.